The Northern Antiques Fair



Held in association with BADA, The Northern Antiques Fair returns to Hall M, Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2SY from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 October 2019. Dating back to 1951, the event is Harrogate’s longest standing art and antiques fair and holds an enviable reputation in the north of England as the town’s most prestigious antiques fair.

The spa town of Harrogate, well known for its arts and antiques heritage, welcomes the influx of visitors to this popular annual event. The fair is a delight for the discerning interior decorator, collector and private buyer looking for distinctive, unusual and individual pieces for the home or as a unique gift. There is a boutique-style atmosphere within the fair with some 40 specialist dealers, from all over the UK, featuring an eclectic mix of pieces from the 17th century to the present day with prices ranging from £100 to five figure sums.

“The fair maintains a respected reputation for the outstanding quality of items on display. The dealers take enormous trouble to showcase their wares in the finest light. Furniture dealers sometimes present room-sets in order to give visitors ideas and inspiration for their homes, often using a combination of antique and contemporary pieces,” says Fair Director Ingrid Nilson.

The majority of the exhibitors return annually but there is always a smattering of new faces, some adding a fresh discipline, this year including Hispanic Antiques, dealers in quality and decorative antiques from different eras of Spain’s rich history. Burton Antiques specialises in period furniture, paintings and works of art; S & J Abbott Ceramics Plus concentrates on 18th to 20th century ceramics and small collectibles; The Antique Enamel Company has an impressive and varied collection of English and Continental enamels and Works on Paper - Berlin is bringing works by 20th century Berlin artist Walter Lindner (1936-2007).
The fair is always well supported by local Yorkshire dealers including Bryan Bowden Antiques, Elaine Phillips Antiques, Ellis Fine Art, Graham Ruddock, Jack Shaw & Co, Mark Buckley Antiques and T L Phelps Fine Furniture Restoration.

A highlight with a local provenance comes from clock expert Olde Time who is exhibiting an English Regency bracket clock made by John Garth of Harrogate, c 1825. ‘Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World’ by Brian Loomes lists John Garth as working in Harrogate around 1790. He is also recorded as being both a watchmaker and a jeweller, keeping retail premises in Harrogate from 1822 to 1826. Collectors of ceramics will be interested in a fine Royal Worcester pot pourri vase and cover decorated with flying swans by Charles Baldwyn, dated 1901, from Valerie Main (£7,500).

There is huge scope for ideas for decorating the home and a good place to start is with Yorkshire based Elaine Phillips Antiques, who creates a stunning room-set comprising an 18th century Continental table (£2,950), a 17th century Aubusson tapestry (£1,950) and Arts & Crafts candlesticks. Rug dealer John A W Briggs fashions his stand as a souk with rugs and carpets in all colours and sizes including an Isfahan rug (£7,950). A stunning centrepiece would be a Queen Anne burr walnut bureau bookcase, c 1705 from Millington Adams (£39,000); works of art include a striking Art Nouveau Emile Gallé trumpet shaped vase from Solo Antiques (£4,250) and, for something quirky, a collection of Victorian walking sticks (£850-£1,100) from Stephen Kalms Antiques.

Paintings by Helen Bradley, Mary Fedden and Marcel Dyf are exhibited alongside traditional Northern artists such as Arthur Delaney and John Atkinson Grimshaw by Haynes Fine Art - London & Cotswolds. A good selection can also be found with Rowles Fine Art who is showing an oil painting entitled ‘Ger Off’ (£9,500) by the ever popular artist Brian Shields aka Braaq. Further options are available from royal warrant holder Rountree Tryon Galleries and also Sutcliffe Galleries. Antique and contemporary sculpture can be found around the fair with Garret & Hurst Sculpture, Rowles Fine Art and Burton Antiques.

Jewellery stands sparkle throughout the fair with a broad range of tastes from Victorian and Art & Crafts periods to designer names from Greenstein Antiques, Howards Jewellers, Howell 1870 and Shapiro & Co.

Held in association with BADA, the fair is supported by Berwins Solicitors, The Barker Partnership, NFU Mutual Vale of York and Premium Harrogate Tipple. Bridgefields is providing the packaging and delivery service of items sold during the fair to anywhere in the UK and around the world.

Light refreshments are available within the fair.

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Type Price
Tickets £7.50


03/10/2019 - 06/10/2019

Opening Hours

Sun 09:00 17:00
Mon 09:00 17:00
Tue 09:00 17:00
Wed 09:00 17:00
Thu 11:00 20:00
Fri 11:00 18:00
Sat 11:00 18:00

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